Harry Potter play to open next year

British writer J.K. Rowling signs copies

Harry Potter fans will be excited to hear that a stage play based on the boy wizard will open in London's West End in 2016. The play, called Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will focus on the "untold part" of his story, and reveal more about the lives of his murdered parents.

Author JK Rowling made the announcement on Friday - the 18th anniversary of when her debut book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, was first published in the UK.

The theatrical production is a collaboration between Rowling and writer Jack Thorne - who previously adapted Let The Right One In for the stage.

The author insisted the play isn't 'a prequel' but wouldn't be drawn on the plot, adding that she does not "want to say too much more, because I don't want to spoil what I know will be a real treat for fans".

She added: "To answer one inevitable (and reasonable!) question - why isn't Cursed Child a new novel? I am confident that when audiences see the play they will agree that it was the only proper medium for the story."

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will run at the Palace Theatre next summer, with tickets on sale this autumn.

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